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The Dwell Sweater Video Tutorial: How to Crochet a Sweater

Learn how to crochet a sweater step-by-step in the Dwell Sweater video tutorial. This is a fantastic beginner sweater pattern because there is no shaping, increasing or decreasing. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the video tutorial and get the complete free Dwell Sweater written pattern here

In this video tutorial, we'll learn how to crochet a sweater start to finish. This easy, free crochet sweater pattern makes the perfect chunky cardigan for fall and winter. Follow along with the free Dwell Sweater Crochet pattern from Make and Do Crew.
This “How to Crochet a Sweater” video tutorial is part of an ongoing collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand Yarn. This post contains affiliate links.

It’s been so fun to see so many of you making the new Dwell Sweater! It sounds like a lot of us have wondered how to crochet a sweater, but always thought it was too difficult, time consuming and overwhelming to tackle. (This was definitely me until about seven months ago.)

Easily constructed from a simple rectangle, this modern, on-trend chunky crochet cardigan comes together quickly with zero shaping, increasing or decreasing. Free pattern from Make & Do Crew featuring Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal yarn.

Well, if that describes you, this video tutorial has your name all over it! The Dwell Sweater is based on extremely simple construction, yet it comes together to create a quite cozy and stylish end result. The chunkier Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal yarn makes the entire sweater work up surprisingly quickly (I made mine in less than a week and I wasn’t even crocheting like a maniac!), while still maintaining a beautiful and comfortable drape.

Free crochet pattern using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal in "smoke" color. Video tutorial on how to crochet the zeros and boxes crochet stitch.

In this video tutorial, I show you each step of the process of crocheting the Dwell Sweater, including how to crochet the initial rectangle using the zeros and crosses stitch, how to seam the rectangle into a shrug, and then how to add the collar, sleeve cuffs and (best of all!) pockets.

You will definitely want to reference the free written pattern while working from the video because you’ll need to know specific stitch and row counts for the size you’re making.

How to crochet a sweater video tutorial. Make this chunky grey crochet sweater with pockets--free pattern from Make and Do Crew. (The Dwell Sweater)

More Free Crochet Sweater Patterns With Video Tutorials

If you are excited about the Dwell crochet sweater, you might want to check out these free modern crochet sweater patterns. Bonus – they all come with detailed, step-by-step video tutorials. You can find all our other crochet sweater patterns here!

Popular free crochet sweater patterns that include video tutorials.

1. Day Date Cardigan // 2. Alchemy Cardigan // 3. Habitat Cardigan // 4. Up North Cardigan

The Dwell Sweater Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

You can find the free Dwell Sweater pattern (sizes S-3 XL) here.

The ad-free, printable PDF with stitch chart is available to purchase here on LoveCrafts.com or here on Etsy.

Add this pattern to your Ravelry favorites here.

Pin it for later here

UPDATE: Lion Brand has turned this pattern into a kit that includes all the yarn you’ll need plus a black and white copy of the pattern. I think this is such a fun gift to give yourself! Grab yours here.)

More Free Beginner Crochet Patterns

Now that you’re on a roll, here are some more beginner crochet patterns you might enjoy.

Beginner friendly crochet patterns, including a crochet beanie, a crochet top, a long crochet cardigan with fringe, and a soft crochet baby blanket.

1. 1 Hour Beanie – This slightly slouchy easy child’s crochet hat pattern works up in about an hour and is perfect for beginners because it’s made from a simple rectangle.

2. Alfresco Top – If you can crochet a rectangle, you can make this easy crochet top pattern! With very simple stitches and minimal counting, this lightweight top is a perfect mindless make to work on poolside.

3. Solstice Long Cardigan – Minimal counting and two short seams come together in an easy, crochet long cardigan that’s perfect for layering.

4. Tributary Baby Blanket – Learn how to make a beginner crochet baby blanket with this easy free pattern and tutorial. You’ll be left with very few ends to weave in and a blanket that’s as soft as a baby’s…well, you know.

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68 Comments

  • Grace
    September 23, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Really glad you posted this video!! I was having such a hard time trying to figure out the cross stitch!! this is the first thing I’ve ever crocheted, I owe all of my talent to you!😜

    Reply
    • Paula
      September 25, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      The video won’t load. It keeps switching to a target add.. ugh. I wigh this was available on utube. Please 😊

      Reply
      • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
        September 27, 2017 at 10:35 pm

        I’m sorry you’re having trouble Paula. I haven’t gotten it up on Youtube quite yet, but I hope to soon. In the meantime, you might want to try it in a different internet browser and see if that helps. 🙂

        Jess

        Reply
  • Deanna Furrey
    September 25, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Ooo ooo ooo I think I can do this! I have always been intimidated by the arm portions of garment patterns and when I try, I just end up abandoning them. So thanks! Plus , you have instructions in my size, yay!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 25, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Yay! Yay! Yay! Hope you enjoy, Deanna!

      Reply
      • Deanna Furrey
        September 27, 2017 at 1:57 pm

        Thanks! Do you think this sweater would work with the following changes? A different yarn that wool ease, such as acrylic, A weight category 6. I was hoping to find yarn that was a bit cheaper since I would need 10 skeins lol
        Thanks

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          September 27, 2017 at 10:29 pm

          Hey Deanna,

          So you’d sub a yarn that’s the same weight as the Wool Ease Tonal? If that’s the case, I def think that could work! I’m also curious if holding two strands of worsted weight together might work. You could try a gauge swatch and see if it’s similar to the gauge I list in the pattern. 🙂

          Jess

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      • deprelle
        March 6, 2018 at 3:24 am

        bonjour madame je ne sais pas traduire la vidéo dell sweter en francais pour pouvoir confectionner le gilet. merci bcp de votre travail !

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        • deprelle
          March 6, 2018 at 3:27 am

          Dwell Sweater pardon je ne.suis pas douée pour l.anglais lol.merco de me dire si vous pouvez traduire la vidéo 😉

          Reply
  • Dawn
    September 27, 2017 at 10:32 am

    The video is unwatchable on this webpage. Is it posted some place else? Thanks.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 27, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Booo! I’m sorry it’s not working for you. I’ll look into that. Which web browser are you using? I haven’t gotten it on Youtube yet, so right now, this is the only place to view it. You might just try loading the page in a different internet browser and see if that works.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Diane Deluca
    September 28, 2017 at 5:49 am

    I just started the Dwell Chunky shawl and finished my SC row. I am making s/m – it looks even but my SC count is only 82 SC’s. Shouldn’t I have 95 stitches?
    May have messed up already. I have all the x stitches and they look right.
    Thanks so much
    Diane

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 29, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      I believe you should have 91. Essentially, you “lost” four chains to the turning chain of the first row, so there should be your starting amount minus 4.

      Maybe recount or measure your work so far to see if it’s the width I list for the SM rectangle?

      Reply
  • Donna
    September 28, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Do you think you will ever do a full video on the campfire cardigan? I loved your sweater video.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 29, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Great question. I just might! It’s been a pretty popular pattern, so I don’t think you’re the only one who would like it. If I get a little break in the full on crochet sprint I have planned this fall and winter, I’ll put one together. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Hannah
    October 3, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Jess, i am getting an urge to make this sweater today, i wish i could do that but working on afghans which will take probably a week or so, would definitely want to share it with you. Your instructions are so clear and concise in the video that even a beginner crocheter can start. Thanks tons for sharing it. I will also subscribe to your blog for more posts like this.

    XXX
    Hannah

    Reply
  • Dianne
    October 3, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    I would love to make your Dwell Sweater but I can’t get the video to load with either Explorer or Chrome! Would you mind sharing what browser this video will work with. I have completed the first row using the the single crochet and chain stitch combined but I need the video to carry on.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Hey Dianna,

      I’m so sorry to hear you’re having trouble. I know others are able to view it in Chrome, so perhaps it’s specific to your browser? I’m hoping to get it up on Youtube soon, which I’m guessing will work just fine for you. If you have a smart phone, is it working on there?

      Jess

      Reply
  • Leann
    October 9, 2017 at 1:32 am

    finished this in 4days, YOU ARE AMAZING!
    SO glad I found your site!
    goin out tomorrow for yarn to make your awesome slouch slippers for this winter!
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR TALENT!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      YAY! I’m happy you’re here!

      Wow! Four days is so speedy! I hope you enjoy your new sweater. I’ve been loving mine. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Cheeyl
    October 10, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Love this sweater. It works up super fast you! But I was wondering if you could give me the length across the recrangke.

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  • LInda
    October 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Jess, Hi! I love the sweater pattern, but am not a fan of chunky yarn. I’ve made a sample of it in regular medium (4) weight yarn and I really like it. My question is, for the starting chain, and for the sleeves will just doubling the chain counts work? Thanks!!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Hey Linda,

      I would make a little swatch and get an idea of the gauge. Then you can determine your stitch counts based on making a rectangle a similar size to what I list in the “main rectangle” section of the pattern. You’ll want to start with a chain in a multiple of 2 and then add 4 additional chains for the foundation ch.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Nancy
    October 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

    How many little windows should I have for the s/m size sweater? I bought the pattern because it said it had the stick count but its not in the pattern.

    Reply
  • Fionna
    October 14, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Hi.
    In your story here you say to refer to the free written pattern.
    When i click on where to get the written pattern it says i have to pay 2.75 for the add free pattern.
    No offence but thats not free and not every one has a credit card.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Hey Fionna,

      The free pattern is right above this comment area within the blog post. The $2.75 is simply if you want the printable PDF version. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Sandra D.
    October 15, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Hi Jess!
    Just finished watching your video for the chunky cardigan. I love it!!! Always been afraid to try something like this but your video tutorial seems easy to follow. I will give it a try starting tonight.
    Thank you!
    Sandra

    Reply
  • Kym
    October 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I’m on my second sweater but I’m having an issue with the collar. Or rather, the very obvious transition from the body of the sweater to the collar along the bottom. It’s like a 90* angle there but on yours it looks pretty straight across. I don’t know why both of mine ended up this way. I followed your video and pattern exactly…or so I thought. Do you know what I mean? Where the pockets go, it’s a definite drop down. Thank you for the pattern. I love it! I gave the first sweater (the guinea pig 😜) to my sister and keep the second one for myself.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 22, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Hey Kym,

      Would you like to send me a photo so I can better see what you’re talking about? Jess (at) makeanddocrew (dot) com 🙂

      jess

      Reply
  • lily
    October 17, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Very beautiful, thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  • Rhinda Coleman
    October 19, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Hello, I’m so in love with this cardigan, it’s just beautiful. I’ve started it and when I was watching the video, I noticed that when your doing the stitch, that you pull up on the yarn which makes it kinda loose . I tend to crochet tight, but not to tight, but not a A’s loose as yours. Will this make a difference in the size , and if so should I just add a few more rows if needed? Thanks in advance for any advice that you can give me.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 22, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      Hey Rhinda,

      I did find that I needed to pull the yarn up a bit in order to work the “X” portion of the stitch. If you find that your rectangle is a bit short though after working the recommended number of rows, you can def work a few extra repeats to extend the height. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Connie
    October 22, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Hi Jess, I’m trying to view your tutorial and it’s pitch black. I was able to see the ad in the beginning and last night I was able to watch it from start to finish with no problem. Is the video on YouTube? Thank you!!!

    Reply
  • Hilda
    October 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Hello
    I have started this a few times and I am not sure what am I missing.
    I am doing the LG/XLG one.
    I do my chain and after following instructions I end with 53dc only.
    I
    Am I not to skip one chain from the foundation chain?
    I have watched the video and read instructions.. skip a chain bottom and make chain on top… not sure what am I doing wrong
    Please help 😩

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 28, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Hey Hilda,

      When you’re counting your total stitches to match the stitch count in the pattern, are you including ch-1 sps? The stitch count in the pattern includes all the stitches in the row.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Stacie
    October 31, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I have started this tonight. I am just curious how long does it normally take to make? I worked nonstop 4hrs and only made it to my 4th set of “X” stitch. BTW your video made it very simple to learn! Thank You!

    Reply
  • Colleen
    November 18, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    So I’m confused. The free pattern says the model is wearing a s/m so the original triangle would have 12 “windows”but in the video I️ counted 14? Also you said you ended the rectangle on the 2nd row but it looks like to me you ended on the fourth and that’s what the pattern said too? Could you clarify?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 22, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      I had to adjust the written pattern after I shot the video to make sure people wouldn’t have to buy an extra skein of yarn just to use a few yards of it. So, follow the written pattern for the number of windows and measurements and it will work out to the dimensions listed. 🙂

      Reply
  • Serah
    November 27, 2017 at 7:06 am

    You are an incredible designer! I’m so glad to have found your blog! Ī love the look of this sweater! Ī hope you will continue to share your patterns with us. I’m wondering how you decide what you are going to make? If you need an idea Ī have something in mind😉😉
    Take care!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 22, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Hey!

      Thanks so much. It’s really been fun for me to make and share my projects with others. I’m all ears for new ideas! If you’d like to email me, please do at jess (at) makeanddocrew (dot) com. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Beth A McMichen
    December 7, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I’ve just completed the rectangle. It’s so lovely so far! Can’t wait to wear it. I don’t see anything about blocking in the pattern.shoululd I go ahead and do that before I start adding the parts?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 8, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Hey Beth,

      It just depends on what yarn you used. If your yarn is mostly acrylic, you shouldn’t need to block it. (I didn’t block mine because it was lying well without blocking.)

      Happy sweater making!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Alessandra
    December 8, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Hello!! I love the look of this cardigan! I’m looking to do this exact shape but without having the large holes! Do you recommend a stitch that will provide a chunkier look (similar to cable knit that doesn’t have holes)?

    Thank you!!

    Reply
    • Alessandra
      December 8, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Sort of like how you have the cuff stitched (very close together) (sorry forgot to mention that in my comment! haha!

      Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Hey! I bet you could find some good options in this list of crochet stitches I put together!

      I also did this tutorial on making crochet look knit. This stitch works flat or in the round, but it looks a little more like knitting in the round.

      Another option is doing half double crochet through the back loop only. That often looks slightly ribbed. 🙂

      Reply
      • Alessandra
        December 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm

        Great! Ill take a look at those links! Thanks so much! Can’t wait to get started!

        Reply
  • Tammy
    December 14, 2017 at 6:11 am

    If you want to use 2 colors for the sweater what would be your suggestion on when to switch?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Hmm. Maybe use a different color for the collar, pockets and maybe sleeves? Send me a pic if you do–I’d love to see!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Joanne
    December 30, 2017 at 8:54 am

    In the written directions, it says to make the second leg of the X behind the first leg. In the video, when you’re adding the collar, it looks like you’re making the second leg in front of the first…

    Reply
  • May
    January 13, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Hay Jess thanks for pattern I’ve got 12 blocks completed think it’s short can I add more blocks. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 13, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      Yes! You can just keep repeating that sequence of rows until you’re happy with the length. 🙂

      Reply
  • Melinda
    January 18, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    I’ve tried watching the video on 4 different devices and it freezes and closes out. Is this on youtube? I’ve not been able to find it.
    Also, The written pattern confused me a bit. It says for the largest 14 window rows but that looks really small.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 22, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      Hey Melinda,

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble. It will be on youtube soon.

      The windows reference is in regard to the height of the rectangle. Each window represents 3 total rows.

      Jess

      Reply
  • May Dolan
    January 25, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Hi Jess I’m working on the Dwell sweater have completed rectangle and joined both sides leaving opening for cuff. Is it the double crochet at the edge of seam tat I start the collar. Video not working I’m new to crocheting would appreciate your help. Thank you

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 26, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Hey May,

      I’m not sure I’m understanding your question. Can you please rephrase it? I’d be happy to help if I can. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • May
    January 29, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Jess iv sewed seams of rectangle lm not sure wer to start the collar. Thank you.

    Reply
  • Jenn
    February 27, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Do you happen to have an alternate stitch to avoid the little ‘windows’ created btvthe row of dc ch 1. I would like a tighter stitch and was wondering if I would do two rows of single crochet instead of the row of double crochet? It grts cold where I live and would love to make this to wear in the winter! Any suggestions?? I love this pattern.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 28, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Hey Jenn,

      I feel you! To keep the same row height, I’d just work dcs in each st instead of doing the dc, ch 1, dc. Does that make sense? I do think two rows of sc would work fine too if you’re willing to do a little more counting with your rows differing from the pattern. 🙂

      I’d love to see how that turns out. I know a few other people have wanted to make their sweaters extra warm too.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Laura
    March 4, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Hi! I love the pattern as well but the XL/XXL Patten is too small. The sleeves come out too short and where the sweater meets the hips, for those of us with larger hips, it curves back making it look WAY too small. Even after working the front and the collar on to it. I am going to have to modify it. It seems that even the XL/XXL size if for a small woman like size 2 to 5. Not quite the average sizes.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 9, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      Hey Laura,

      Thanks for the feedback on this. I’m curious if your gauge was the same as the pattern calls for? The pattern as written for a medium would be far too large for a woman’s size 2-5, so I’m interested to figure out why yours is so small.

      For reference, the model in the photos is wearing the small/medium, is 5’8″ and wears a size 6.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Melissa Bevan
    March 20, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    What length should the rectangle be in the first instance after doing the 12 rows? Thanks you

    Reply
  • Theresa Roseberry
    May 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Your sweaters are beautiful. I am just learning to crochet but would love to try one of your patterns.

    Reply
  • Becky S
    May 11, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve frogged this thing 3 times – After a few repeats of the pattern the rectangle starts turning into a triangle. I hope after watching this vid, I can figure out what I’m doing wrong before the yarn I’m using is too tired to work.

    Reply
  • Liliana
    June 24, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    En español!!!!!!! Plisssssss

    Reply

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